This Year is Gonna Be the GREATEST!

Y’all. I can’t even get over how excited I am for this coming year. I have been anticipating Jan. 1 for months now!

This year is going to be a year of challenges.

I realized last year that I do really well on challenges, especially ones that are black and white. For example, last year we said we wanted to go off of sugar for a year. And guess what? We went sugar free for seven months! That’s pretty good if you ask me. If I make up my mind about something, it’s pretty easy for me to stay on track.

So for this next year Billy and I have a plan. Every month we’re going to come up with a challenge for ourselves to make our lives richer and to make us better people, which in turn helps us to feel great and be happy.

We already know what our first challenge will be for the month of January. The Whole 30.

This challenge is a fun one. You can look at their website here for more details, but basically it’s a strict version of Paleo that forces you to eat whole, healthy foods. I know it sounds extreme, but Billy and I think it’ll be a fun challenge that reintroduces us to the love of good, wholesome food. By the end of the month we should have a lot more knowledge about what foods make us feel great and which foods affect us negatively. It’s very strict, as in you can’t mess up once or you’ve “failed” and you have to start from day one. I say bring it on!

I’ll let you know how it goes.

We have so many fun challenges that we want to do. I wish we could them all at once! But I don’t want for us to burn out, so we’ll take it a month at a time.

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I’m also excited for 2017 for other reasons:

  • I’m so excited to spend another year with my handsome man! He’s so supportive of me and all my crazy ideas. And he’s such a funny person that I know we’ll have fun no matter what we’re doing.
  • We have a very exciting trip planned for this February… (!!!) Hopefully everything works out the way I’m planning.
  • We are both looking forward to being healthier and more fit like we were most of last year. We moved to New York and let everything kind of slide, so I’m ready to feel great again.
  • As time rolls on, Billy gets closer and closer to being done with Juilliard (which I’m really looking forward to). He’s having a great time there, and he’s learning a lot, but I feel like this period of time is such an in-between period, which happens to be one of my least favorite things. I’m excited to actually figure some things out.
  • There is a lot of potential for this coming summer. We have to wait and find out which music festivals Billy gets in to to figure out which plans can actually happen. But we’re going to have a lot of fun this summer.
  • We get to spend another year in New York City! I still can’t believe I’m here half the time. I definitely have a love/hate relationship with this city (sorry to everyone that would give a leg to live here).

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Last note about 2016-

I don’t like how everyone is getting behind the memes about how everything that happened in 2016 sucked. I don’t believe that for one second. I think it’s easy to lump the whole year together and write “This Sucked” over it, but I don’t think that’s right. For one thing, a lot of terrific things happened this past year, and when you write off the whole year as being terrible because actors died (by the way, that happens every year) and President Trump got elected (I’m not happy about it either, but I don’t believe complaining about it and acting like the world is going to end is a good answer) the great things get overlooked.

I don’t want to disregard any of the actual tragedies that happened this year and are still happening. But I don’t think overlooking all the good and productive achievements this year, either in our personal lives or in the global news, for the sake of dwelling on the negative is the answer to any problems. If something bothers you, do something about it. Try looking on the positive side of things and you might be surprised at what happens. A year spent dwelling on negativity will always look negative in the end.

“You are good. But it is not enough just to be good. You must be good for something. You must contribute good to the world. The world must be a better place for your presence. And the good that is in you must be spread to others. … In this world so filled with problems, so constantly threatened by dark and evil challenges, you can and must rise above mediocrity, above indifference. You can become involved and speak with a strong voice for that which is right” -President Gordon B. Hinckley (Brigham Young University devotional, Marriott Center, 17 Sept. 1996)

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